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Looking Back at the 2017 New Jersey Devils Draft Class

Ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery, it is time to look back five years and evaluate how the New Jersey Devils draft picks in 2017 turned out. Nico Hischier has been great. Read on to find out about the other ten selections.

Do the New Jersey Devils Actually Need to Learn How to Win?

In the wake of their third-period meltdown in Toronto last week, it was remarked that the New Jersey Devils were a team still "learning how to win." This long post goes over every player and coaching staff member to determine if they were Winners or if they need to "learn How to Win."

Worse than You Think Since 2013: The New Jersey Devils & Shootouts

The New Jersey Devils have been awful at shootouts. Exceptionally so since the 2013-14 season. This post goes into the team’s history in shootouts and offers some points and even two reasons to hope that the shootout may not be an expected loss for the Devils in 2021-22.

Travis Zajac Signed for One Day, Announces Retirement as a New Jersey Devil

The New Jersey Devils announced this morning that Travis Zajac has signed a one-day contract and announced his retirement. This post reacts to the news and summarizes Zajac’s legacy as a Devil.

Kevin Dineen Hired as Utica Comets Head Coach; Hopefully to Help Devils AHL Affiliate Compete

The New Jersey Devils announced on August 5, 2021 that Kevin Dineen will be the head coach of the Utica Comets. This post goes into the lack of success by Devils’ AHL affiliate teams and why Dineen being hired is a good move to turn that around.

Looking Back at the 2016 New Jersey Devils Draft Class

The 2016 NHL Draft saw the New Jersey Devils take nine players, acquire Beau Bennett, and ultimately get a lot of value for who they took. Now that five years has past, let us look back to evaluate how the Devils did with that draft.

Travis Zajac’s Greatest Play as a Devil

On this Saturday, while the trade is still fresh, come reminisce about Travis Zajac’s greatest play as a New Jersey Devil.

Let’s Remember a Devils Guy: Corey Millen

During the Devils COVID-related hiatus, let’s do a bit of Guy-remembering. Today, we consider one of my personal favorite random Devils Guys, Corey Millen.

Let’s Remember a Devils Guy: Steve Thomas

With the NHL’s return to play in limbo at the moment, let’s take this opportunity to remember a Guy in Devils history: Steve Thomas. We salute his three brilliantly mundane years in New Jersey.

Thank You, Doc: Legendary Hockey Broadcaster Dr. Mike Emrick is Retiring

Earlier today, the news broke that former New Jersey Devils and legendary hockey broadcaster Dr. Mike "Doc" Emrick is retiring. This post goes over his greatness, the praise he has received, and how he will be missed. Thank you, Doc.

An Ode to Cory Schneider: A Great Goalie and Stand-Up Guy with Hall-of-Fame Awful Timing

Cory Schneider, a once-great goalie who fell off hard in recent years, will leave behind a strange legacy in New Jersey. How will we remember his time in red and black?

1990’s Goaltending: Brodeur vs Hextall

The future of the Devils-Flyers rivalry might depend in large part on how Carter Hart and Mackenzie Blackwood play, as Mike discussed yesterday. The last time there was a legitimate goaltending competition between the two rivals, however, we were looking at Hextall and Brodeur.

All Devils-Flyers Fights since 2015

Title speaks for itself. Short recap posted with each fight.

Behind Enemy Lines: Players Who Have Laced ‘Em Up For Both the Devils and the Flyers

The drama and impact of some of the player swaps between the local rivals over the seasons.

Reviewing How Peter Laviolette's Flyers Teams Performed Against the Devils

Continuing the rivalry theme, today we will be taking a look at coaching candidate Peter Laviolette’s experience coaching one of the Devils’ rivals - the Flyers.

Flash From The Past: Brodeur and Lundqvist’s Duel.

For today’s piece, I’ll be taking you back in time, to a duel of the decade between Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist.

A Look Back at the Performances of the John Hynes Devils Teams Against the Rangers

In John Hynes’ time as Devils coach, the team only broke 80 points twice. But how did he do against division rivals? Today, we look at how he fared against the New York Rangers.

Looking Back on the New Jersey Devils Hat Tricks Against the New York Rangers

In today’s post about the Devils - Rangers rivalry, we will take a look back on all of the hat tricks completed by Devils players.

December 12, 2008: The First Time the New Jersey Devils Smacked Down Our Hated Rivals at the Rock

Kicking off rivalry week(s) at SB Nation, John takes a look back at the first night where the New Jersey Devils finally beat down Our Hated Rivals, the New York Rangers, at the Rock in Newark. It was a well-remembered 8-5 victory.

Notable Returns in Devils History: Scott Gomez Gets a Redemptive Coda

Scott Gomez over the past two decades has been among both the most beloved and then the most loathed Devils players for fans. Most of those sour feelings have faded though, and it has a lot to do with Gomez’s successful last ride in New Jersey.

Notable Returns in Devils History: The Disastrous Return of Vladimir Malakhov

Notable Comebacks in Devils History: Chris Terreri

Goaltender Chris Terreri made his return to the New Jersey Devils organization not just once, not twice, but three times.

Notable Comebacks of New Jersey Devils History: The Return of Bobby Holik

Continuing with the theme of historical posts about the New Jersey Devils, this series will be devoted to players that left the organization and later returned. Today’s subject is Bobby Holik.

Notable New Jersey Devils Deals in History: The Jason Arnott Trade (1998)

Jason Arnott, a player who the Devils traded for twice, is a name synonymous with the good ol’ days of success and grittiness

Notable New Jersey Devils Deals in History: The Bobby Holik Trade

In 1992, the Devils traded for the final piece of one of the most infamous lines in franchise history—the hard hitting, Selke nominated, Stanley Cup raising Bobby Holik.

Notable New Jersey Devils Deals in History: The Stephane Richer Trade

One of the most electrifying goal scorers of Devils history, Richer was the leading forward of the 1995 Stanley Cup-winning team.

Notable New Jersey Devils Deals in History: The Alexander Mogilny Trade

Alexander Mogilny’s first stint with the New Jersey Devils included back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances and one championship. His time with the Devils was short in the grand scheme of his career but he’ll always be remembered as one of the most offensively gifted players to ever play for the franchise.

Notable New Jersey Devils Deals in History: The Claude Lemieux Trades

Claude Lemieux played a role in the first two Stanley Cups in New Jersey Devils history and he was one of the few players Lou Lamoriello traded for twice. Read up on the history of the two deals that brought him to New Jersey and the one that ultimately sent him to Colorado.

Underdogs to the End of the Wales Conference Finals: The 1987-88 New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils season that best represents them as underdogs would be the 1987-88 season. They barely made the playoffs for the first time since the move to New Jersey, and went on to stun the Islanders and Capitals, and take Boston to the brink. This post is a look back at the team’s first playoff run, unexpected as it was.

What If Mike Van Ryn Wanted to Sign with the New Jersey Devils?

Mike Van Ryn was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 1998. He wanted to be a free agent and he did so through a loophole in free agency and a winning arbitration case. This post goes over that and also asks the question: What if Mike Van Ryn did want to sign with the Devils?

Drafting and the Importance of These Years

In today’s retrospective, I look at the 6 drafting seasons under Lou Lamoriello that brought the New Jersey Devils to their heights, and then the 6 drafting seasons under Lou that brought the team to its knees. I contrast these to make the point of how important these seasons are right now for the future of the organization.

The Versatile New Jersey Devil: Sergei Brylin

Sergei Brylin has been a member of the New Jersey Devils organization for over 20 years. First as a player and now as an assistant coach with the AHL affiliate in Binghamton. He won 3 Stanley Cups with the Devils and is a cult hero to many fans. This post explains why he is so well regarded by many Devils fans.